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Application of Value Stream Mapping for Productivity ImprovementCase Study of a Foundry Industry
Bhanu PS Tomar1 Avinash Nath Tiwari2
M.Tech Research Scholar 2Assistant Professor
Department of Production Engineering 2Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jagannath University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Abstract The term value stream mapping is defined as a

lean manufacturing tool which includes all the actions both
value added and non-value added required bringing a
product into its finished state. In todays global competitive
world, the era of mass production and pull system is over
and companies are experiencing a heavy pressure because of
globalization. Main objective of any organisation become
satisfying customer requirements. Value is now defined by
customer point of view as customer willing to pay and what
worthiness that product has for them. They will not pay for
any waste and companies have to be focused on this. Thus,
companies need to implement Value Stream Mapping
(VSM) because it has been established as one of the best and
implementation and to identify and eliminate all kind of
wastes. This paper presents a case study of application of
value stream mapping in an Indian foundry industry. This
industry was manufacturing Crusher Jaw plates. The
application of these plates is in stone cutting plants. The
case study has been used to show the applicability and
importance of VSM in foundry industry. Current state of the
jaw plate manufacturing has been developed by using VSM
symbols. This current state map was then used to identify
areas for improvements. From the findings of CVSM it was
observed that lead time was quite high for given demand,
Cycle Time was more than Takt time and number of
operators could be reduced by combining operations. As a
result, including individual improvements in WIP, Labour
Utilisation, Cycle Time, Lead Time, Changeover Time, the
overall improvement was found near to 22%.
Key words: Lean Manufacturing (LM), VSM (Value stream
map), CVSM (Current state value stream map), FVSM
(Future state value stream map), VA (Value added activity),
NVA (Non-value added activity), Kaizen, WIP, Lead Time
To ensure competitiveness in this high pressured continuous
changing and developing market conditions, implementation
of lean manufacturing is become necessary for
organisations. Lean manufacturing is identified as a
comprehensive set of much effective techniques for waste
identification and its elimination from processes in order to
enhance system flexibility, effectiveness, efficiency and
reduce overall production costs. One of the most common
and convenient way to implement lean manufacturing is the
application of Value Stream Mapping (VSM). Before going
to define VSM, we must understand what is value? Value of
the product is measured at end users (customers). Value of
the product for customer is in terms of money, satisfaction,
performance, service or elegance. To serve the best value to
the customers company needs a customer requirement data.
This data become helpful to make a right product for right
customer with right specification at right time with right

price. To make this entire system correct VSM is the most

common and helpful tool to make entire stream valuable and
to eliminate non-value adding activities. Value Stream
Mapping (VSM) is a set of methods to visually display the
flow of materials and information. Whenever there is a
product for a customer, there is a value stream and the
change lies in the seeing it. Value Stream map is also known
as Material and information flow mapping in Toyota. It is
developed by a work carried out by Taiichi Ohno at Toyota
in the 1960s - 70s. VSM doesnt require a tough and
tedious work. It requires just a paper, pencil tool to draw
CVSM and FVSM and brainstorming sessions for
improvements and comments. In one project there are two
value stream maps. A current state map (CVSM) and a
future state map (FVSM). A current state value stream map
shows what is the actual processing steps are at the
beginning of a project. It identifies wastes and NVAs. The
future state map shows what the process should look like at
the end of the project? And how these processes can be
improved? After these improvements as they are suggested
changes in current system are made. Now, This FVSM will
be the CVSM for next project. And this cycle continuously
goes on. We can use VSM as a Lean method to identify the
opportunities of improvements for future. VSM method is
associated with production as well as with service sectors. It
can be used for Reduction in lead and cycle time of various
processes, Customer satisfaction and value addition,
Managing supply chain activities, Development of efficient
production techniques, Improving productivity and
profitability, Layout and equipment modification etc.
This paper describes a case study explaining the
successful implementation of VSM into a foundry industry.
The product being manufactured is crusher jaw plate. Lean
manufacturing is a widely accepted and applied technique in
manufacturing industries and it has been cumulatively
implemented all over the world by many leading
organisations. Global competition among the industries is
constantly arising and industries are facing very tough to
face changes. To sustain changes they need changes and
improvements in their system. For this adoption of lean tool
is must. Lean Manufacturing is extensive and intelligent set
of tools for waste identification and reduction or elimination
from manufacturing processes to make them more effective,
more flexible, and more efficient and reduce individual as
well as overall costs of operations and product being
manufactured. One of the most effective and convenient
way to achieve all targets is the application of VSM on
specified product family.
The VSM process is simple and straight forward. It
includes all the areas starting from raw material
procurement to the selling of final product into customer
hands. Along with processes, it also includes customer

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demand, service levels and work back by documentation of

all the necessary data required to manufacture a product.
Crusher jaw plate is a complex product to be
manufactured in a foundry industry, it consist of about
eleven major steps to be considered for study. The
operations starting from procurement of raw material to raw
material, melting mould and design making, core and
pattern making, knocking, degating, grinding, fettling,
quality inspection etc. the main aim of the industry was to
reduce overall cost, lead time and increment in value added
activities up to an acceptable value in economical manner.
VSM has been selected based on questionnaire, personal
meetings and discussing with managers and operators on
floor. Production planning and control, sales and marketing,
design and pattern shop has helped us to give past records
about demands production volume, daily working time etc.


Rhonda R.Lummus
et.al.; 2006[10]


Markus L. Stamm
et.al.; 2008


Seth et.al.; 2008[13]

10. Bhim singh and

S.K.sharma; 2009[14]


The term value stream first used by Womack, Jones and
Ross in their book the machine that changed the world[1].
And later it was described thoroughly in Lean thinking by
Womack and Jones[2]. Lean manufacturing uses tools like
Poka Yoke, Kaizen, Standardisation, workplace organisation
and waste reduction, Inventory management etc. to reduce
manufacturing wastes. VSM is an excellent tool for any
enterprise that wants to become lean. Rother and Shook
(1999) defines VSM as powerful tool that not only
highlights process inefficiencies, transactional and
communication mismatches but also guides about the
improvement. Jones and Womack explain VSM as the
process of visually mapping the flow of information and
material as they are and preparing a future state map with
better methods and performance. Seth and Gupta have made
a successful attempt to use VSM as a technique to achieve
improvement in productivity at the supplier end for an
automotive industry[9]. Over the years many lean
manufacturing tools to support value stream have been
developed and many more are being developed. The
following table provides an overview of major contributions
in the field of VSM.
Defined thoroughly value
1. Womack and jones;
mapping in book lean
2. Hines (1999), Grewal Identification and elimination
and Singh (2006)
of Muda
3. Brunt (2000)
;Abdulamek and
Improved productivity of
Rajgopal (2007);
process industry
Seth et.al.; (2008)[13]
Defined VSM as visual
4. Tapping et.al.;
representation of the material
and information flow of a
particular product family
Carried out VSM study in 9
5. Hugh L. Macmanus
major US aerospace agency
et.al.; 2002
and correlated various factors
based on collected data
6. Seth and Gupta;
Productivity improvement at
supplier end

11. S.Vinod et.al.;


12. Duranik et.al.;


13. Ritesh bhat et.al.;


14. Rahani AR et.al.;


15. R.M. Belokar et.al.;


16. Silva et.al.; 2012[23]

17. Harwinder singh

et.al.; 2013[25]

Applied VSM successfully at a

physician clinic for quality
Applied VSM successfully at
manufacture to order at small
and medium enterprise
showing potential reduction in
lead time
Address various wastes in the
supply chain of the edible
cottonseed oil industry
Explained how VSM helps to
bring the gap between current
state and future state map and
developed a road map to take
improvement areas.
Applied VSM in Indian
context in man camshaft
manufacturing industry to
enable leanness in that
Applied VSM to find out
hidden reserves and to avoid
An idea of zero percentage
waste was developed
Deployed VSM along with
KANBAN focusing on
productivity improvement by
considering a case study of
gear pump manufacturing firm
in Indian context and findings
were reduction in production
lead time and number of
Defined VSM in other words
and defined that VSM
involves in all processing steps
to analyse NVA and VA as a
visual tool to identify hidden
waste and source of waste
Implemented VSM for process
capability improvement of
welding process. significant
improvement was found as a
Applied VSM in SriLankan
apparel industry with an
objective to find out
applicability in apparel
Applied lean manufacturing
using VSM in an auto part
manufacturing cell.as a result a
major portion of cycle time,
reduction in WIP and
reduction in production lean
time for targeted process.

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Implemented LM using VSM

as a tool in an auto component
18. Naga Vamsi et.al.;
industry in India. Area of
improvement in WIP, lead
time, cycle time identified.
VSM applied in crankshaft
manufacturing system at an
19. K.Venkataraman
automotive manufacturing
et.al.; 2014[29]
plant. In south India. The
objective of study was to
improve export sales.
Case study was carried out in
an automotive industry in seat
20. Palak p.seth et.al.;
making process. After
implementation of NVA
reduced to a major value and
also WIP reduced.
Applied VSM in glide
manufacturing in Zimbabwe
21. Maxwell Dzanya
with the aim of eliminating
et.al.; 2015
waste and improving quality in
Carried out a case study based
of VSM in Brass Lamp
Manufacturing. A seven step
22. K.P.Paranitharan;
methodology was used to
eliminate NVA and for
productivity improvement and
to study the impact of VSM on
Applied VSM with integration
of KANBAN technique for
aiming to achieve high quality
23. S.R.vijaykumar et.al.;
products with maximizing
productivity for selected one
part family among product
VSM methodology
successfully applied to current
working processes, quality
24. Satish Tyagi et.al.;
improvement, sustainable
Applied VSM while product
development is being carried
out in their initial phase.
Demonstrated application of
VSM on real case study and
discussed its outcomes and to
25. Martin et.al.; 2015
show that by using VSM
organisation can achieve long
and short term goals.
Table 1: Major Contribution in the field of VSM
In this industry they were manufacturing Crusher Jaw plate.
Jaw plate is a very critical component in working of crusher
for stone cutting. This jaw plate manufacturing includes
various operations from melting, moulding, knockout and
degating, fettling, grinding etc. by applying VSM it was
found that lead time and WIP were too high and processes

contributing high value to L/T and WIP are identified. It was

noticed that number workers could be reduced if operations
been combined and optimized. He major processes steps
were design making patterns making which were adding
high C/T to processing L/T.
The methodology for implementation of value stream
mapping is essentially having five steps. These all steps are
to be performed in a sequential way. The sequence is as

Fig. 1: VSM Methodology

A. Selection Of Critical Product Family
The first step is the selection of the product family from the
product mix for study. This critical product family should be
chosen after studying the product mix thoroughly. This
product family will be the ground for further study.
B. Drawing Current State Value Stream Map
Data regarding the customer demand and company
production should be collected in this step and data
regarding processes and operations should be used to
develop a current state map. This map will show the present
scenario of the organisation. A wide range of the data
related to supply and demand can be analysed by using
current state map.
C. Drawing Future State Value Stream Map
After thoroughly analysis of CVSM, future state map will be
developed depicting the various modifications and
improvements incorporated in current manufacturing
processes. FVSM shows ways to improve a process. After
analysing the existing processes of an organisation, various
proposals and suggestions for waste elimination and process
optimization can give a way to the organisation for future
D. Work Plan
By using various lean tools, an organisation have to develop
and select best and optimized implantation plan in order to
achieve improvements in best acceptable ways. Some VSM
symbols are used in VSM drawing for easy and
comprehensive understanding. Some basic symbols are
shown in fig 1.
E. Implementation and Comparison
This step shows the implementation of various suggestions
made in FVSM. After implementation it becomes necessary
to compare the outcomes with existing data. This shows us
that how effectively the improvements are made and what
the possible benefits could be.

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Fig. 2: VSM Symbols

Current state map for the product crusher Jaw plate is
depicted on next page.
All the necessary data collected for CVSM was
The Current State Map also referred as Current Value
collected as per approach recommended by Rother and
Stream Map (CVSM) gives us information about what is
Shook (1999) with consulting managers, workers, shop floor
currently going on in the organisation. it is a pictorial
supervisors and engineers. The first step towards
presentation of current data and information flow. Drawing
development of CVSM is that the final product/ product
with specialised symbols of VSM, current state map
family must be selected and sorted according to problem.
considers entire processes for targeted product or product
This research paper is focusing on manufacturing of crusher
family. Starting from the raw material procurement it ends
jaw plate and the same product with associated
with delivery of finished piece. Thus after developing
manufacturing operations is selected for analysis.
CVSM for a targeted process, it becomes very easy to find
After time study of various operations in
out the factors and processes which are contributing in NVA
manufacturing of the product the current state map
and Waste production. It also gives indications to the areas
developed is as shown in figurewhich can be improved. Thus after data collection it is the
very crucial step towards generation of future state map.

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Fig. 3: Crusher Jaw Plate- Current State Value Stream Map

Quantitative Analysis of Current State Value Stream MapAfter analysing the current state map thoroughly following
data is foundThe future state map is a visionary map drawn to propose
Total value added time = 4795.3 minutes
suggestions and recommendations for an ideal value flow.
Total lead time to fulfil customer order = 7 days
Several lean manufacturing techniques are adopted to reduce
For total available time in the plant value added time =
lead time and increase throughput. With the aim of
continuous improvement, this company is suggested several
7 days * 8 hours/day * 60 min/hour
= 1.42%
Total number of operators(workers) working = 28
Total WIP = 10.8 Tonne/day
Total change over time = 146.6 Minutes.
The current state map was drawn with the help of
information collected within the firm. With the information
collected, a clear understanding of the entire manufacturing
process is depicted for the product Crusher Jaw plate. Now
areas associated with Non-Value added activities can be
traced and waste identified so that avenues for improvement
can be seen clearly and suggestions recommended
accordingly for a leaner company. The next step after
plotting CVSM is to identify non value added activities and
to improve the processes by applying kaizen activities and
other lean tools. The CVSM is developed keeping in mind
the concept of Lean manufacturing. A few assumptions were
made. These assumptions are that the demand is stable,
machine utilization is 100% and shift timing is fixed. CVSM
collects the information at the particular instance, so some
variation in number of operators and production rate are not

ways to reduce lead time, WIP, cut down the number of

operators and to increase value added time percentage in
available plant time. The suggestions includes use of
supermarket concept to provide local storage, aid from
external source, applying the concept of work cell,
combining operations,5S,FIFO concept etc. these
suggestions not only helps the company to improve its
operation procedures but also opens new ways for future
After analysing CVSM improvement areas are
identified using kaizen bursts which will lead to reduce
WIP, L/T,C/T,C/O. a number of proposals are made to
improve CVSM for this various modifications are done in
the manufacturing processes of crusher jaw plate. To
synchronise Takt time with C/T modifications in
operations,5S,Pull,FIFO etc. which are clearly shown in
FVSM. Some activities should be eliminated which are not
adding any value to the product. FVSM below shows areas
that require improvements and ways in which they can be
improved. After improvements lead time for the product

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manufacturing comes to 4.9 days from 7 days. The C/T is

A. Calculations
%value added time improvement =
= 28.16%
Reduction in WIP =
Reduction in Lead Time =
Reduction in Cycle Time =

Fig. 4: Future Value Stream Map

ability to produce in 7 days is 315+94.5=409.5 pieces (in 7
days). If we calculate for the whole month this amount is
equal to 1755 pieces.

(10.8 8.6)*100 = 20.37%
(7-4.9)*100 = 30%

Reduction in number of workers =


also reduced from 4795.3 minutes to 4262.2 minutes.

(4795.3-4262.2) *100 =

C. Comparison for Production in A Month

Current state production- 1350 pieces
Future state production- 1755 pieces
Increase in production- 405 pieces
% improvement in production- (405/1350)*100= 30%
D. Comparison for Productivity for A Month

(28-22) *100 =

Reduction in changeover time = [(146.6-114.9)*100] / 146.6
= 21.62%


In Current
1350 pieces
Table 2:

In Future
1755 pieces

B. Improvement in Productivity
In current state the lead time was 7 days and after
improvements suggested it becomes 4.9 days and it shows
reduction in lead time by 2.1 days. This organisation
produces about 45 pieces daily, then total amount produced2.1*45=94.5
This shows that earlier this company was
producing 315 pieces in 7 days, now after improvements

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Fig. 5: Improvement in Productivity

Every industry aims to maximize its productivity, profit and
aims to minimize WIP,C/O,C/T,L/T, Waste and Rework etc.
the common requirements of all these goals are the huge
investment in capital and also proper tools to get these done.
This research work has been intended to VSM, which is
becoming an necessary tool for practising Lean
manufacturing in actual production scenario. The results are
shown in form of comparison between various process
parameters for CVSM and FVSM.
Value in
Value in
Future state
% Value
Added Time
Total Cycle
4262.2 min
No. of
Change Over
146.6 min
114.9 min
Table 2: Comparison Between CVSM And FVSM

Fig. 6: Comparison for Lead Time and Value Added Time

Fig. 7:

Fig. 8:

Fig. 6:

Fig. 7: Comparison For Wip, Labour And Changeover Time

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It is proven beyond doubt that VSM is a powerful tool for
lean manufacturing and allows firms to understand and
continuously improve its understanding towards lean. The
present work provides a case study of improvement in
productivity in a foundry industry by the application of
VSM in the manufacturing of Crusher Jaw Plate. It focuses
on the revamp of the operations by eliminating non value
added activities and improving cycle efficiency through
VSM. This paper compared the current state and future state
of a manufacturing firm and witnessed 28.16%
improvement in value added time, 30% reduction in lead
time, 11.12% reduction in cycle time. On an average the
overall improvement was found near to 22.12%.
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